Police say Harvard killing was 'drug rip' Student tied to suspect barred from graduating

CAMBRIDGE - A plot to rob a marijuana dealer inside a Harvard residence hall Monday went badly awry and ended with the shooting death of a 21-year-old Cambridge man, authorities said yesterday, as details began to emerge about two female Harvard students who knew both the victim and his alleged assailants.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. said the botched "drug rip" that cost the life of the suspected dealer, Justin Cosby, centered on a pound of marijuana and $1,000 in cash that Jabrai Jordan Copney of New York and two others allegedly came to Cambridge to steal.

Copney, 20, was arraigned in Cambridge District Court yesterday and charged with first-degree murder, be ing an accessory after the fact of murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

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